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How to Wear a Hair Comb

Posted July 24, 2013 | 42 Comments

One of my favorite wedding day hair accessories is the hair comb. A hair comb is a subtle, simple, and elegant way to dress up your ‘do, whether worn up or down. If you’re wondering how to wear a hair comb, which hairstyle works best with hair combs, or how to keep it secure, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll uncover hair comb secrets, show you eight hair comb hairstyles to inspire your look, and we’ll share some vintage-inspired hair combs. And, once you know how to wear one, you’ll want to try it out… right? We’re also giving away a FREE hair comb to one lucky reader by the always-inspiring Marolsha. Let’s get started…

How to Wear a Hair Comb (hair accessory by Tessa Kim, photo by Candice Benjamin)

hair accessory by tessa kim, photo by candice benjamin

A hair comb typically has metal prongs to secure into one’s hairstyle. A hair comb can be used to attach to a larger hair accessory (as seen above) or as a stand-alone hair accessory. Hair combs are often vintage-inspired and feature elements such as rhinestones, pearls, crystals, feathers, or floral embellishments.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - pink hair comb by Marolsha

by marolsha

How to Wear a Hair Comb

Updo’s or thick hair

If you have a strong base such as an updo, bun, chignon, french twist, or thick hair to begin with, the prongs of your hair comb should ‘lock’ into place easily.

Hair down hairstyles

Prefer loose curls? Wearing your hair down? Have fine or thin hair? Wearing a braid? You can still wear a hair comb: just add a few accessories to keep it in place. Gather a section of your hair in one of these elastics and push the hair comb prongs into the ‘ponytail’ above the elastic. Or, use bobby pins or snap clips to keep the comb in place. (Make sure any clips or pins are the color of your hair and well-hidden.) If using bobby pins, place them in an ‘X’ shape for extra security. And, make sure your hair comb isn’t too heavy. Always consult your hairstylist to see if he or she can accommodate your hairstyle with your selected hair comb. Always do a run-through first to make sure you love the hairstyle before the big day.

Hair Comb Hairstyles

To inspire your perfect hair comb infused look, consider one of these gorgeous hairstyles.

How to Wear a Haircomb - Hair Comb Hairstyles


1 | by gertie baxter
2, 5 & 6 | by
tessa kim; photos by candice benjamin
3 | via anne barge from the knot
4 | hair comb by jennifer behr via pinterest
7 | by sibo designs
8 | comb by erica koesler via the knot

Vintage-Inspired Hair Combs

How to Wear a Hair Comb - vintage-inspired hair combs by Marolsha

by marolsha

Win a Hair Comb

Now that you have an idea of how to wear a hair comb (+ hair comb hairstyles), enter for a chance to win one! You could win the gorgeous antiqued rose hair comb (shown in the image below) by Marolsha. Enter between 7.24 and 7.30.13 (11:59pm EST) for your chance to win. Use entry form below.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - antiqued rose hair comb by Marolsha

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42 Responses to “How to Wear a Hair Comb”

  1. Alissa
    July 24th, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    I loved the comb navy blue, green, and ivory with pearl and leaf branch. The Shabby Rustic comb… So pretty!

  2. Tanya Patterson
    July 24th, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    I love the Large Ivory Chrysanthemum Flower, Brass Leaf Collage Hair Wedding Statement Comb. The little blue flower makes a subtle “something blue” while the chrysanthemum looks very daisy-ish.

  3. Mary Villasmil
    July 24th, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    I love the Small Ivory Daisy Mum Flower

  4. Megan Gilbert
    July 24th, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Metal Filigree Flower, White Shell Pearl Art Nouveau Antiqued Brass Hair Comb!

  5. Keeley
    July 24th, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    My colors are purple and yellow so the Shades of Purple, with Ivory, Brown Flower Collage Filigree Hair Comb works perfectly :)

  6. Sally
    July 24th, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    My favorite so far is the Metal Filigree Flower.

  7. Ashley Pedersen
    July 24th, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    I really love this gold rose hair comb

  8. Kaylene
    July 24th, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    They’re all so pretty, but mint is one of my wedding colors so I’d have to choose the “mint green, pink sakura, green swallow bird, pearl, ivory collage hair comb” as my favorite! https://www.etsy.com/listing/130304455/mint-green-pink-sakura-green-swallow?ref=shop_home_active

  9. Michelle
    July 24th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    I like the Daisys!

  10. Kassondra
    July 24th, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    These are beautiful! I am definitely wearing a floral clip on my wedding day. I absolutely the tessa kim white flowers. Beautiful!

  11. Brittany
    July 24th, 2013 @ 7:22 pm
  12. Tiffany
    July 24th, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Love the large cream ivory rose hair comb!

  13. Ellen
    July 24th, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    I really love the first hair comb, the big flower one to replace a veil. Beautiful

  14. Ari
    July 24th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Love the green brass looking one on the top :)

  15. Priscilla_Joy
    July 25th, 2013 @ 1:16 am

    I like the Large Amethyst Purple Rose Comb!

  16. Justyne M
    July 25th, 2013 @ 9:49 am
  17. Kaylene
    July 25th, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Still obsessed with these hair combs. I also love her bobby pins! So cute. https://www.etsy.com/listing/154129173/flower-hair-bobby-pins-cream-ivory?ref=shop_home_active

  18. Brittany
    July 25th, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    This comb is so cute! It would look great with my colors

  19. Amelia
    July 25th, 2013 @ 12:35 pm


  20. Natalie
    July 25th, 2013 @ 11:47 pm

    I absolutely love the “soft ivory chrysanthemum” comb. It would look great with my ivory lace dress at my bridal shower!

  21. Brittany
    July 26th, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    All of these combs are lovely…the ivory and gold ones go great with my colors. I also like the mint green one.

  22. Justyne M
    July 26th, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    The shabby antiqued ivory gold rose hair comb is beautiful!

  23. Kaylene
    July 26th, 2013 @ 11:23 am
  24. Alexis M
    July 26th, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    My favorite is definitely the “Large Blush Pink Flower, Soft Green Rose, Brass Leaf Collage Hair Comb.” It’s even got a perfect little pearl in there! Would perfectly match my wedding theme. Gorgeous.

  25. Brittany
    July 27th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    This is so lovely! Would love to win!

  26. Lauren
    July 28th, 2013 @ 2:18 am

    Very cute!

  27. Meg Swiggard
    July 28th, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    This would be an amazing option for me since I’m not into the veil idea.

  28. Justyne M
    July 28th, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    The metal filigree flower, white shell pearl art nouveau brass hair comb is just my style!

  29. Leah Warner
    July 28th, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    I love the Soft Light Pink Mum Rose, Aqua Blue Daisy Flower Collage Hair Comb! Matches my wedding colors perfectly!

  30. Jen
    July 28th, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    I love the blue floral – it’s so simple. And I love the styling with hair down (I’m not an updo kind of girl!)

  31. Brittany
    July 28th, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Such a lovely accessory!

  32. Star Lyn
    July 28th, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    I’ve been looking for hair comb ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Lisa
    July 28th, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    The large creamy white flower on brass filigree would be perfect for my daughter on her wedding day.

  34. Kaylene
    July 28th, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    Still loving these gorgeous combs!

  35. Justyne M
    July 29th, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    The bobby pins are beautiful too, I love these vintage style pins!


  36. Kaylene
    July 29th, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    The one being given away would be a lovely accent to my dress :)

  37. Brittany
    July 29th, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    So pretty!

  38. Angela F.
    July 29th, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Loving the FreshWater Button Pearl, Shabby Chic,
    Vintage Style Art Nouveau Hair Comb. Pearl Wedding Clip. Bridesmaids
    Gift. Metal Filigree Haircomb.

  39. Chicago Wedding DJ
    July 29th, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    I love hair pins!! Especially when they are something “blue.” Great advice for brides to try their hairstyle out ahead of time, I would hate to see something go wrong the day of. Awesome blog!!

  40. Michelle
    July 29th, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    I love the pearl combs

  41. Charee
    July 29th, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    I really like the Large Cream Ivory Rose, Maroon Red, Brown, Pearl, Brass Leaf Flower Wedding Comb. It is very pretty and I love the colors.

  42. Anggela
    July 29th, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Love the Blush Soft Baby Pink Flower comb

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